For the last year, we worked tirelessly to protect seniors from the effects of COVID-19, even as we prepared for the vaccination phase of the pandemic to arrive.
That day has arrived, and now Albertans born in 1946 or earlier are able to book their COVID-19 vaccinations. These appointments can be booked online at alberta.ca/vaccine or by calling 811. Eligible seniors can also book their vaccination appointment at participating pharmacies in Edmonton, Red Deer and Calgary.
Here are some important things to remember:
- Eligible seniors will be directed to the vaccination clinic closest to where they live.
- For residents in congregate living facilities, Alberta Health Services will work directly with the facility to arrange appointments.
- Seniors who are unable to arrange for transportation to and from a vaccination clinic (i.e., getting a ride from a family member, friend, taxi, or other source of transportation), can call 211 for available transportation supports.
- For help connecting with available transportation supports, please have the time and location of your booking before calling 211.
Our work to protect seniors continues, but this is an important step forward in keeping our seniors and communities safe.
I ask all Albertans to reach out to the eligible seniors in your life to make sure they are aware of the vaccine, and offer assistance if they need help with booking or getting to their appointments. Many seniors-serving organizations, partners, volunteers, and individuals have already stepped up to participate in this effort. I offer my sincere thanks to everyone helping seniors access the vaccine and helping in the fight against COVID-19.
Josephine Pon served as Minister of Seniors and Housing from April 30, 2019 to October 24, 2022.